"Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666." -Revelations 13:16-18
A Word from the Blogger
We are emerging to a new phase. As passwords are slowly becoming more obsolete because of its nature of being insecure and hard to remember, a new era is emerging which will have a lot of controversy. Since biometric methods of authentication haven't delivered what they promised, they also been proven to fail a lot of times in these few years and we have seen how it can be easily bypassed in the last few months, we are now to wonder: how are we supposed to store our information and do our "private" actions through the Internet without having our account (which, by the way, now contains everything we do) compromised.
Even though I really love technology and I enjoy experimenting with it, I am completely against the ideology of merging humans with robots. I am completely against the ideology of having robotic parts embedded into our body to surpass our average capabilities and nature of being what we are... humans. By merging embedded robotic parts with our body to make ourselves "more efficient", is a mocking to God because of the arrogance and pride of wishing to be not only like Got but better than God. If God wanted us to be robots, he would have created robotic parts in ourselves. Also, it goes against the laws of nature which is also enforced, controlled and mediated by God. If the laws of nature are altered, an endless of domino reaction cataclysms would occur.
I have read some news which I could not let them slip. In fact, I had other Blog entries in production and ready to push into live publishing, but I believe this is more important; so I started on this topic right away. This event will the start of a huge dystopian life change in which the human race will long regret.
On Friday April 17, 2015 in the Wall Street Journal, came an article, one of the most ever life changing in history. "A PayPal executive who works with engineers and developers of Paypal said that "to find and test new technologies, embeddable, injectable, and ingestible devices are the next wave in identification for mobile payments and other sensitive on-line interactions." Also, the head of PayPal's and Braintree's Global Development Advocacy Jonathan LeBlanc said that "The future of identification would not rely on passwords." As we know, PayPal has not only proven in the past to be a more secure than traditional forms of on-line payments but also has proven to have certain vulnerabilities which exposed its user's use-rnames and encrypted passwords but also two-factor authentication techniques were previously hacked.
The Problem - Fear to the Public
For these reasons as well as the fact that passwords (no matter how much encryption they have) are always eventually brekable, PayPal is turning its odds to a more "reliable", secure and easier to use: Embeddable, Injectable and Ingestible Devices.
As LeBlanc has stated on his presentations named "Kill All The Passwords" presented all over the U.S. and Europe, 91% of people use passwords listed in the top 1000 most used passwords list and 79% on the top 500 respectively. He also added more fear the fire by stating that the already (relatevely) safe algorithms we know now such as MD5, SHA-1,2 and 3 have bad security. Additionally, he also stated how Biometric authentication has a lot of false positives and false negatives making the authentication process a real pain to use and it is not an integrity check in which we can easily trust.
As the IoT (Internet of Things) are merging all our societal and private life facets to a more organized, transparent and traceable public domain, passwords are no longer trusted to "safeguard" our already-on-the-domain identities, therefore here comes his "solution".
As any seasoned salesmen and social-engineer already know, in order to sell a product or convinced someone to do a certain thing (a thing he wants you to do), he first has to create the need for it. One of the techniques used to accomplish this is to create fear. Once the fear and need is established, the solution comes next. LeBlanc states his solution to authentication by using:
-Heart rate monitoring
By the following methods:
-Ingestible Technology: Ingestible capsules will be used and powered by stomach acids to detect glucose, blood pressure,digestive health and other unique internal parameter patterns.
-Brain-Chip Implants will be used (through built-in ECG sensors) to monitor the unique electrical activity of a person’s heart, and communicate via "wireless wearable computer tattoos."
These methods, LeBlanc states they will be "natural body identification", which we already know it will not be true, because the machine (bits and bytes) will be required to analyze body patterns, which does not make it 100% natural. Think about false positives of our body reaction through the use of drugs, anomalies, sickness, and unexplained pattern behaviors.
PayPal has partnered with FIDO Alliance to incorporate better authentication systems for their users. One of their projects is the Universal 2 Factor (U2F) authentication. As FIDO Alliance states on one of its videos, U2F offers a more "open, secure and easy to use standard by using a public and private key pair." The Bluetooth USB-like adapter device will not require drivers and will be used as a second method of authentication (after inputting the password) and will be the intermediate between the browser and the user to prevent keylogging, phishing (the most weak link) and MitM (man-in-the-middle) attacks. It will be also used with the mobile devices which, with the integral part of Duo Push will be used as a phone App.
In my opinion, this will be the bridge and the temporary solution for PayPal before they go full speed with the new and so radical change which will change our lives forever.
We are now living a very crucial time when the fight for privacy, human rights, wars, terrorist attacks made through false flag operations and our form of communication as well as authentication will be playing a huge new role and change to a more dystopian reality which will be combined with our "own form of control" by using our own medical record, health situation and body parts to keep our private data, the data that never had to be released to the public domain, secure. It is now the time to change our dormant state and fight for our human rights, which is the last thing we have left. If we don't anything, one day our future grand children will look at the past (if not altered) and ask: what has happened with our humanity?
WallStreet Journal Article: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/17/paypal-wants-you-to-inject-your-username-and-eat-your-password
LeBlanc Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/jcleblanc/kill-all-passwords
FIDO Alliance: https://fidoalliance.org/news-more/videos/
PayPal FIDO: https://www.paypal-pages.com/samsunggalaxys5/us/index-faq.html